Whether you’re shopping (there are 85 craft vendors coming) or simply human, you will need sustenance at CRAFT on October 3-4 at Crown Center. The pop-up two-day event we’re holding with Chick Events is a celebration of local craftsmen and women — folks who are passionate about everything from whiskey to jewelry to soulful songwriting. It runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
So let’s dive into what you can eat and drink while you’re there (or take home to keep your happiness going) with a guide to the liquid refreshment, sweet, spicy and savory of CRAFT.
The big news is that Shatto Milk is debuting its newest limited edition release flavor at CRAFT. They’ll also be scooping ice cream for root beer floats in a collaboration with Little Freshie.
We have a trio of tastings at CRAFT designed to let you have some fun and learn about local whiskey, wine and beer. Dark Horse Distillery is holding a series of Meet The Distiller classes, where you get to find out about he spirits made by the Lenexa distillery and meet the person who actually makes them. You’ll taste five spirits and tickets are $20 (which includes a general admission ticket). It’s the same deal for the Grape to Glass sessions with Amigoni Urban Winery, where owner Michael Amigoni will be telling the story of his Kansas City winery.
We’re confident that we’re also offering a first in human history (big statement, we know). The Beer & Cookies Garden will feature three sessions ($15, includes a GA ticket) pairing Boulevard beer with cookies from Dolce Bakery. You can also relax in the beer garden and get a free Grace’s Best sunflower seed cookie courtesy of Whole Foods Olathe. If you definitely want to attend one of the tastings, we’re recommend buying your seat ahead of time as tickets are limited.
If you’re thirsty, we’ll be selling water, wine (Amigoni’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc), as well as Boulevard Wheat, Boulevard Pale Ale, Founder’s All-Day IPA, and Crispin Cider. The Roasterie will be bringing coffee and Little Freshie will be serving root beer and a spicy ginger fizz cider.
Make extra room for sweets. Brigabon Candy Co., Lanmou Chocolates, and Sweet Kiss Brigadeiro will satisfy your chocolate, caramel and marshmallow cravings. Dragonfly Gourmet Goods and Frannie Franks will transform your breakfast with spiced peaches, pumpkin butter, and (in Frannie’s case) coffee cakes. Smart Cookies Bakery & Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott will do lovely things with butter and sugar. Kyla’s Cakes N’ Bakes tackles cheesecake and cinnamon rolls. Kansas City Canning Co. has vanilla bourbon peach preserves that will change your view of toast.
Vain Foods will show you why it’s a great idea to put vanilla beans in bourbon. KC Natural offers paleo and gluten-free barbecue sauces. Born With Seoul can introduce you to gojuchang — a Korean condiment with red chili power, sesame oil, miso and garlic. Savory Addictions brings heat and smoke to nuts, while Wood + Salt will work in rosemary or merlot to their smoked salt. Hungry Monkey Party Bites works in sweet, savory and spicy into their bags of popcorn.
KC Food Circle will be on hand to help guide you on how to eat local. Green Dirt Farm will show you why it can be delicious to live off the land with their sheep’s milk cheese. The Oasis Food Group will let you dip into Mohamed’s Humus. Our Sassy Pantry only needs two words to tell you what you need: Bacon Jam. If you’re a carnivore, Affare will be serving up housemade bratwurst, the Local Pig is bringing a charcuterie plate, Monk’s Roast Beef will have its signature thin-slice roast beer sandwiches, and Werner’s on Wurst will be slinging sausages.
Tickets are on sale now. It’s $7 for general admission (or two tickets for $10 with the Buddy System ticket) online and $10 at the gate.